Saipem closes of sale of onshore drilling business to KCA Deutag

Source: press release, 28 October 2022

photo: Saipem
photo: Saipem

The closing of the sale of Saipem’s onshore drilling business to KCA Deutag (KCAD) has been completed following the agreement announced on 1 June 2022. Specifically, the activities in Saudi Arabia, Congo, United Arab Emirates and Morocco have been transferred.

The agreement provides for the sale of the entirety of Saipem’s onshore drilling operations to KCAD that includes the Middle East, Africa and the Americas, for an overall cash consideration of USD 550 million, in addition to a 10% share participation in KCAD; Saipem will thus benefit from its minority shareholding in the enhanced entity. The final consideration is subject to standard pricing adjustments set out in the agreement.

Including the usual price adjustments, the consideration collected by Saipem consists of USD 488 million in cash and the 10% participation in KCAD. Saipem will be entitled to appoint one member in the board of KCAD.

The remainder of the consideration will be collected upon transfer of the activities in Americas, Kuwait, Kazakhstan and Romania (five rigs and two active contracts), which is expected by 31st March 2023 and is subject, among others, to customary authorisations (including antitrust).

This transaction for Saipem is a milestone towards a more focused and resilient business model based on the growing trends of Saipem’s reference markets, concentrating efforts in the offshore drilling business while supporting the achievement of its capital structure and liquidity objectives.